Teaching Defense

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Overview of how to teach defense and key points to focus on for youth hockey coaches.

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  • Teaching Defense

    1. 1. Teaching Defense
    2. 2. What’s are our objectives?
    3. 3. We only have one objective Keep the puck out of the net.
    4. 4. Limit opponent to lowest risk option
    5. 5. Lowest risk option We have the puck.
    6. 6. “They beat us because our kids don’t know position.”
    7. 7. really means... “Our skills weren’t as good as theirs.”
    8. 8. Step 1. Focus on skills.
    9. 9. • Forward Skating • Backward Skating* • Lateral Agility • Transitions (Face the Flag, shadow drills, etc.)
    10. 10. Step 2. Trust your players to think.
    11. 11. • Checking = Defense • Always outnumber the puck • Cut the ice in half • Head on a swivel • Don’t hesitate. Just do it!
    12. 12. Step 3. Teach your players to recognize patterns.
    13. 13. •1 on 1 • 2 on 3 •2 on 1 • 3 on 4 • 3 on 2 • 1 on 2 in the corner • 1 on 2 • 1 on 3
    14. 14. •Focus on skills. • Trust your players to think. • Teach your players to recognize patterns.

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